Dr. Dick’s podcasting incarnation recently celebrated its third anniversary. (It is rumored that Dr. D. took his podcast out on the town to celebrate, and that a hotel room was involved.) Those of us in the erotic-literature scene are probably most familiar with Dr. D.’s “The Erotic Mind” [NSFW] podcast series in particular, which consists of interviews with erotic authors and artists, and whose roster of guests to date includes such scintillating subjects as Jordan LaRousse & Samantha Sade [NSFW], Kay Jaybee, Donna George Storey, Jolene Hui, James Lear, Emerald, Shanna Germain, Ashley Lister, Craig J. Sorensen, and D. L. King. I can tell you from personal experience, both as an interviewee and a devoted listener, that Dr. D. is a fascinating, charming, insightful, and hilarious host. (Follow the link above to listen for yourselves!)
I recently had a little informal online chat with Dr. D., with the intention of getting his perspective on his podcasting experiences. (The chat, as reproduced here, has been edited in various ways, to bring you a smoother reading experience and spare you our digressions into topics like the weather, Beatles trivia, and whether we think Jordan or Samantha is more ticklish.)
Jeremy: Three years is quite an epoch, in Internet years.
Dr. Dick: that is so true
Dr. Dick: it’s like dog years
Dr. Dick: only not so furry
Jeremy: Speaking of which ... how has the podcast animal evolved for you in that time?
Dr. Dick: i was horribly nervous for about the first 6 months
Jeremy: And then you relaxed? Or did you progress from horribly nervous to *terribly* nervous?
Dr. Dick: i did relax from horribly to terribly then to just really anxious
Dr. Dick: i have to write out all my scripts
Jeremy: It seems to work well! And I know both from listening and from participating that this method leads to a healthy blend of spontaneity and organization.
Dr. Dick: it’s true
Dr. Dick: when i started the interviews the whole process changed
Jeremy: Have your podcasting goals evolved or developed in directions you didn’t anticipate?
Dr. Dick: they’ve evolved from generic interviews to thematic interviews
Dr. Dick: i now have three podcast series going at once—The Erotic Mind, Sex EDGE-U-cation and Sex Wisdom
Dr. Dick: i seem to be branching out in different directions
Dr. Dick: as i encounter interesting people in the field of human sexuality, i ask for an interview
Jeremy: Did the “Erotic Mind” series initially take shape as a major project, or was it a smaller idea that got out of control?
Dr. Dick: it started with an interview i did with Sam and Jordan at oysters and chocolate
Jeremy: Ooh, yeah—I remember that. Those two are enough to get anyone hooked.
Dr. Dick: i had so much fun with them and they were so insightful; i thought to myself, why not chat with other authors and artists
Dr. Dick: see if we can uncover something of the creative process involved in this unique art form
Dr. Dick: once i started the series, it was pretty smooth sailing from there on out
Jeremy: Every artist, and every conversation you have with your guests, is different ... but are there some general trends that have emerged?
Dr. Dick: that is so true, trends have emerged
Dr. Dick: one universal is that the artists and authors were all creative with pictures or words as children
Dr. Dick: they all grew into their talents
Dr. Dick: i don’t think i’ve interviewed anyone that started creating their art as an adult
Jeremy: Interesting! I wonder how true that is in other fields. People our age (ahem) who do computer programming, for example, were most likely *not* messing around with mainframes in their childhood. But maybe they were doing related activities—logic puzzles or something.
Dr. Dick: many of the graphic artists who now work with computer generated images started out with crayons, pencils, pens and paper
Jeremy: I guess they were the kids who were drawing instead of *eating* the crayons.
Jeremy: It’s clear from your intelligent and well-thought-out interviews that your years of experience as a sex therapist inform your understanding of the erotic arts. Going in the other direction now, have your explorations of the “erotic minds” of writers and artists influenced your thinking as a sex adviser?
Dr. Dick: they sure have! i am now more likely then ever to turn clients on to erotica
Dr. Dick: i think there is a significant therapeutic aspect to reading and writing erotica
Jeremy: I’m interested to know how they react to that.
Dr. Dick: some don’t understand my suggestion till i explain it to them
Dr. Dick: some are resistant
Dr. Dick: others think it’s an interesting idea that they would like to look into
Jeremy: Do you see a societal discomfort with sexuality as coloring how some of them respond to the idea of reading “dirty” books?
Dr. Dick: absolutely
Dr. Dick: same goes for images
Dr. Dick: i often have to make it stronger than a suggestion
Dr. Dick: i have to insist on it as part of the therapeutic intervention
Dr. Dick: surprisingly enough lots of clients will not do it till i insist
Dr. Dick: just saying the words out loud that you see on a page is a big thing for some
Jeremy: “Prescribed by Dr. Dick.” I would love to see that plastered on a book I’m in.
Jeremy: Oh, before I forget to do the PSA here ... am I correct in thinking that you’re continually on the lookout for published erotica authors to interview?
Dr. Dick: yes!
Jeremy: You hear that, lurkers?
Jeremy: How can they get in touch with you, DD?
Dr. Dick: dr_dick AT drdicksexadvice DOT com
Jeremy: You must put an incredible amount of work into these enriching and entertaining shows.
Dr. Dick: it’s true
Dr. Dick: finding interesting interviewees is a constant challenge
Dr. Dick: the time and energy i put into the pre-production is enormous
Dr. Dick: then there is the production itself, which is often a crapshoot
Jeremy: Where are my winnings, then?
Dr. Dick: the post-production stuff is also a challenge. finding sponsors, making the presentation lively, making the posting attractive is all very time consuming
Jeremy: What do you envision going forward, for Dr. Dick the podcaster and Dr. Dick the sex therapist (and any other Dr. Dicks you have on hand)?
Dr. Dick: i’m cutting back on my private practice
Dr. Dick: i’ve been doing it for nearly 30 years
Dr. Dick: frankly, it gets a bit repetitive
Jeremy: Almost anything would, right?
Dr. Dick: and nowadays folks are less likely to want to work at solving their problems
Dr. Dick: “can’t you just give me a pill for that?” is what i often hear
Jeremy: Do you hand out placebos?
Jeremy: I bet they get suspicious when the “pill” comes out of a PEZ dispenser.
Dr. Dick: no placebos ;)
Dr. Dick: i pretty much can tell in 10 minutes if the prospective client will want to work out the problem
Jeremy: It’s been wonderful chatting with you, Dr. Dick! (But this bill you’ve just handed me is an outrage, and if I were you I wouldn’t pay it.)
Jeremy: Before we completely wind it up, is there anything in particular you’d like to talk about?
Dr. Dick: not really
Jeremy: You’re so antisocial.
Dr. Dick: i know!!!
Okay, so he doesn't want to talk to me anymore ... but he'll talk to you! So chime in below with your comments, and pick the good doctor's brain.
Jeremy: You *will* take questions from the floor, right?
Dr. Dick: i'll be on the floor? will there be cocktails? sure!